One Day attempts to tell the story of two individuals, Dexter and Emma, who after knowing each other for a very long time eventually find themselves in love.  Yes, this logline pretty much sounds like every Romance ever created, but the movie, based on the novel by David Nicholls, breaks away from the normal love-story structure by implementing an interesting story telling strategy: the viewer is only allowed access to the lives of our main characters one day out of the year, July 15 or St. Swithin’s Day in England, every year from the day they meet, College Graduation night 1988, to the present day

            As someone who has read the novel, and now seen the movie, as far as the concept goes, One Day offers the Romance enthusiast a brand new movie-going experience. Nicholls, who makes an effortless transition from novel writer to screenwriter, uses his ‘one day a year’ method to truly show the viewers how one particular relationship grows over time. Unfortunately, the movie, compared to the novel, decides to stick to Emma and Dexter’s relationship together a little too much, and does not explore their friendships and romanticisms with other lesser characters during their time away from each other.

According to the movie, it is as if every July 15th, Dexter and Emma are only concerned with each other. This is particularly true with the relationship between Dexter, played by Jim Sturgess, his one-time girlfriend Suki (Georgia King), and his best friend Callum (Tom Mison). This interesting love triangle, which is described in such detail in the book, hardly appears in the film at all. Dex’s relationship with his mother, as well as Emma’s time spent as a public school teacher are both equally downplayed in the movie adaption as well.

            Going further, Emma Morley’s character, played by Anne Hathaway, is completely stripped of her neo-feminism façade in the movie. The film skips over her time pursuing theatre and writing, and simply sprinkles in her eventual success as an author as if it were a pre-destined occurrence rather than a painstakingly deserved eventual success.

            By glancing over the lesser details of Dexter and Emma’s lives, especially the ones that occur early on when the two of them are struggling to find their place in the world, an interesting anomaly occurs. In only showing the two characters eventual successes later in life without describing how they got there, the characters shed all of their realistic traits and become truly fictional. One Day is a work of fiction, of course, but the novel does such a good job depicting the sometimes-monotonous activities of Dex and Em so well that the two characters almost come off as being real. The movie obviously doesn’t have enough time to go into as much detail as the book, but by showing only the eventual success both Em and Dex find in life, the two characters appear more fictionalized in the film than in the book.

            Other than these glaring adaptation mistakes, however, One Day is a very beautifully put together film. The rolling, grassy hills of England and Scotland were all expertly captured by director Lone Scherfig, Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess come off as being a believable and lovable couple, and the sarcastic humor and year-by-year pacing were all successful. Even at the end of the film, when Nicholls breaks out his huge climactic twist, its final outcome successfully managed to fool someone who has already read the book.

            One Day is not a perfect film, it has its flaws, but as Romances go, it is thoroughly entertaining and comes as a breath of fresh air for the people who are sick of seeing cowboys, aliens, and apes dominate the summer box office. Watch more reviews of other products at Hot Rate site online.